DODA: In what could be described as one of the longest public interactions by a political figure that the state has seen in decades, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti disposed of complaints and demands from deputations till 1.30 am Sunday night during her grievance redressal camp here.
The camp, which started at 10.30 am on Sunday, continued till late in the night with the last deputation meeting the CM at around 1.40 am. The deputation came from Palmas area of Doda and demanded the construction of a footpath to connect the area with the town’s circular road.
Moved by their plight, the CM announced the release of Rs 15 lakh for the footpath’s construction and also for extending electricity and drinking water facilities to the area. With this, the more-than 15-hour-long public outreach programme concluded.
Around 100 deputations met Mehbooba during the programme and, given the large number of people and their demands, it continued past midnight, making it one of the longest interactions in the state in many decades.
It may be mentioned here that these grievance redressal camps convened by the CM generally extend up to late in the evenings. The camp at Kishtwar on Saturday which started at 11 amended at 11.30 pm with a deputation from Drabshalla bringing their problems to Mehbooba’s notice.
Meanwhile, the CM announced the release of Rs. 25 lakh for procuring a digital X-ray for the District Hospital, Doda, and Rs. 20 lakh for completing the remaining work on the town’s stadium.
Mehbooba also announced the construction of community halls in Route, Behote and Batakund villages of the district’s Marmat area. This was in response to the demands of the people of these areas during the grievance redressal camp.